The Thinking Dancer: Working at the Barre – Basic Ballet 8 (1995)


Taught by Finis Jhung.

Levels 2 & Up: All Regions DVD. 117 minutes. 13 exercises.


Take it, teach it, or simply watch it—viewers say this video is mesmerizing. It’s the barre to end all barres. In detail, Finis answers all the questions teachers and students has asked for years: what is the dancer’s relationship with the barre; what are the exercises supposed to accomplish; what muscles do you use and when; how do you breathe; what about “pull-up;” how do you keep from “tensing up;” what should you be thinking during each exercise? Learn new, effective ways to do traditional exercises. Geared towards today’s dancer, who must perform a variety of dancing styles, this barre is unique in structure, the order of exercises, and the choice of movements, tempi, and dynamics. The demonstrator is Noriko Naraoka. The CD music is by Bill Brown.

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